Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif leaves a news conference in Vienna July 18, 2014. (REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger)
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Iran is ready to join international action against jihadists in Iraq provided the West lifts crippling sanctions, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Thursday.His comments followed a call by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius Wednesday for all countries in the region, including Iran, to join the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) fighters who have seized swath of Iraq as well as neighboring Syria. It is the first time that Iran has explicitly linked its readiness to work with the West in Iraq with a lifting of the crippling EU and U.S. sanctions imposed over its nuclear program.Zarif said tough negotiations were still under way over what role Iran might play in Iraq and what the reward might be for its cooperation.
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